"in my opinion Jay Reatard's "Blood Visions" is the single most cohesive, unfathomably tight, sinister, and disturbingly brilliant pop record ever made. Every track is simultaneously a polished diamond and a catastrophic train wreck. All of the rock n' roll thematic standards are represented: unrequited love, lament, loss, anger, murder, death, and redemption. When Jay Reatard sing/yells "Missing You" you really believe he misses someone, perhaps a bit too much. Although this record transcends the usual comparisons, it could be said that a eight headed hydra monster including the heads of Roy Orbison, Screaming Lord Sutch, Graham Lewis (Wire), Jim Weber (New Bomb Turks), Mark Mothersbaugh, Gerry Roslie (The Sonics), Billy Childish (Thee Headcoats), and Glen Danzig. But the entire record was recorded by Jay Reatard alone! This isn't just some master musician wanking his glowing guitar, but a conceptual mastermind who uses his talents in a brutally cohesive fashion. If you have a pulse, or even if you don't, you should own this pop masterpiece before the world explodes in a heap of blood and glass and feathers."
Album of the year
F. A Ognibene | Germantown, TN United States | 10/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Jay Reatard has come a loooong way since his young, loud and snotty Reatards days. The Hammer I Miss You single released just a few months prior to this completely blew me away. It had this post punky Velvets sound to it that drew me right in and began a routine of daily listening. It's that good of a single. Upon purchasing Blood Visions, my thoughts were "There's no way he could top Hammer...". I was dead wrong. This is a perfect album. There's real staying power here, and the songs seem to have an emotional depth to them that has lacked in garage rock for a long time. Actually there's never been tons of emotional depth in trash/garage rock, so maybe Jay's breaking new ground. This is the album other's will be judged by for a long time."
EASILY the BEST release of 2006!!!
C. T. Ortez | San Jose, CA USA | 05/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I don't know exactly what to say to sum this album up in a succinct fashion. When I first saw it, I thought it looked a little too much like the cover of the DWARVES cd, "Blood, Guts, and Pu**y", but it came highly recommended by a friend who's taste I trust. After just the opening chords of the title track, I was completely turned inside out. It just struck something inside me and I knew this was going to take over my cd player & iPod. Six months later and I'm STILL playing this in heavy rotation. I'm really surprised it didn't just hit REALLY big, because it seems to have the necessary elements of a megahit, not unlike NIRVANA's "Bleach" when it was first released in 1989.
Jay Reatard captures all that's great about the 70s/80s punk/new-wave sound ala DEVO, THE WIPERS, WIRE, GARY NUMAN, etc. It has a really great rhythm throughout and just the fact that he plays every instrument & produced every bit of this himself is impressive unto itself.
His other bands are excellent as well (there's only about 20 of them). If you like what you hear be sure to check out LOST SOUNDS which is his band with female punk demigodess, Alicja Trout."
Proud of loud
IRate | 02/14/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)
If short, manic indie pop is your thing, the constantly blaring Reatard may fit your bill, though I rarely see past a folksier Andrew WK in the songwriting department."